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02-10-2012, 05:59 PM
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Hopefully the Rangers sent Sauer to see Dr. Robert Cantu and the concussion specialists in Buffalo to find out what is going on. Sauer has had two setbacks. Does Sauer have something wrong with his neck? The back of his head hit the top of boards/glass. Staal had a procedure done in late September. Elliotte Friedman wrote about it a few weeks ago

There was a point in New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal's recovery that an issue was discovered with his C4, C5 and the "facet joints" around them. Remember that outstanding Winter Classic media conference where Glen Sather and Ed Snider fabulously taunted one another?

Sather suggested that day (it was Sept. 26) there was something -- not necessarily a concussion -- bothering his defenceman. It turns out that Staal was visiting a specialist to receive cortisone shots and undergo a procedure known as Radiofrequency Ablation, which can reduce vertebrae pain.

Both he and the Rangers were hopeful this could cure his headache issues, but it didn't. It wasn't until he rested and halted activity that things improved. (The vertebrae problem isn't necessarily connected to the hit from his brother Eric that caused the concussion).

However, Staal (like Pacioretty) was dealing with an area lower down on the spinal cord than Crosby. That made it much less likely their issues would affect the head and/or neck.

Only issue is Staal rested after the season only to see the headaches return he started to prepare in the summer for the season.

Maybe the cortisone shots and the procedure coupled with the 1 month of no activity helped rather than just not doing anything for a month.

September 26 was the day Staal was in Buffalo getting the cortisone shots.

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